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What to Keep in Mind before Moving to a New Climate

You're moving to a city that could rival the Antarctic for chilly weather, and panic's about to set in. Don’t worry! With a little planning, moving to a new climate, whether it's an ice-capped mountain or a hot, humid city, can be an exciting new adventure.

Dress for Success

Layers of clothing topped with insulated coats and boots will get you through cold winters. And when the weather warms up, forget about sub-zero days by packing your bulky winter wardrobe away in vacuum-sealed bags. However, if you've moved to warmer climates, keep a couple of lightweight coats and sweatshirts handy, and store the rest of your winter closet for holidays in the mountains.

Personal Care

Head off dry skin in brisk winters and hot summers with a daily application of hydrating sunscreen, and be sure to drink plenty of water. It takes your body about two weeks to adjust to a new climate, so give yourself and your skin time to settle in.

Take it Outside

Even in freezing climates, you don't have to get rid of your kayaks, bicycles, and golfing gear. Just stash them in storage, and pull them out with the spring thaw. In the meantime, embrace the outdoor activities more suitable to your new surroundings, such as ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Car Talk

Emergency kits are important no matter if you're in the snowy mountains or hot, dry desert. In winter, stock your car with a small shovel, an ice scraper, a warm blanket, a few snacks, and a first-aid kit. And when the temperature drops, make sure your snow tires are ready to roll. Adversely, for warm climates, replace the ice scraper with extra water and a sunshade and don’t forget to always have sunscreen on hand. This way, you’ll be prepared for any and all situations.

Moving to a new climate can be filled with engaging new experiences. Make it even more enjoyable by preparing yourself and your belongings for the new adventure.